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Elevator Pitch 
6th-Apr-2009 04:34 pm
El Jay
A few weeks ago I signed up for the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge, which started today; a few days behind schedule due to technical difficulties.

The purpose of this, obviously, is to try and make Advancing... a bit more of a serious blog. I still fully intend (no really) to get myself a Proper Blog at a domain (currently thinking of thestorytellingape dot com), which will still feed into this LJ and keep readers that don't approve of this LJ milarkey, but I need to design the layout, register the domain, &c &c and I have better things to do right now.

So I'm concentrating instead on improving Advancing... in ways that don't actually involve changing content - I'm quite happy with the content I generate, thank you very much, and want to focus on improving presentation rather than restricting my form of output. Sadly what this does mean is the days are numbered for my awesome userinfo. All good things &c.

Anyway, day one of the challenge is to pen an "Elevator Pitch": an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, thirty seconds or 100-150 words). This is sort of challenging when the blog is as personal and eclectic as this one, but I knocked the following together this morning, based on the equal importance I put on fictional portrayals and the way the media spins everything:
Humans understand the world through stories. We explain what we see and experience to ourselves and to others by incorporating it all into stories. Whether they're stories masquerading as facts or opinions hidden within stories, understanding the way they're told and why they're told that way is a step towards better understanding of the world.

Advancing the Sum Total of Human Knowledge and Endeavour catalogues one woman's attempt to understand the world by understanding the stories that are told, by journalists, politicians, scientists, and, occasionally writers of official 'fiction'.
*pokes at it* what do you guys think?
6th-Apr-2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
This is such a good idea. I have only just poked at the site, but it's certainly something I should consider doing, too, because it may get me to look at my LJ constructively and critically. Considering the amount of time I've had "off" from it, I feel I'm sort of all over the joint.

tl;dr, your elevator pitch had me at hello.
6th-Apr-2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
6th-Apr-2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
This may yet be Something To Consider Doing, only with my Dreamwidth instead since I'm actually, very reservedly, making it public.

Since I link my actual name to it and talk about my job, which involves patient care. I do not know how to handle this yet!
6th-Apr-2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
I really like the elevator pitch, the deconstructing of the different ways of storytelling really reflects what you do here.

But one thing confused me. If you want to express the equal importance I put on fictional portrayals and the way the media spins everything . Why did you chose to use the word "occasionally in and, occasionally writers of official 'fiction'? It seemed to detract from the equality of fiction and media spins. However I can see that it reflects the fact that that official fiction is the one place where you expect stories and it works very well in the context of the pitch.
7th-Apr-2009 11:00 am (UTC)
Oh, that's me being facetious! It's there for your last point; the oe place you expect it.
6th-Apr-2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
I would avoid a "the" at the beginning of a domain--it's functionally useless and tends to cause confusion.

Combine that with the definite no-no of having a page title starting "the" and it makes it problematic on two counts--storytellingape would work, although given the way some people misread domains, perhaps storytelling-ape might be safer? storytellin' gape would be some weird porn, but...

pan-narrans would probably be a bit too obscure, but perhaps a bit more memorable?

Also, there's no real need to reduce the text on your profile too much--I need tor edo my sidebar text (horrible typo in it) but that's where this sort of thing ought to be.
7th-Apr-2009 11:02 am (UTC)
storytellingape and pan-narrans are being squatted on!

There's storytelling-ape of course.

I'm not looking to reduce the text on my profile, just make it more informative and easy to navigate.
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